fuboTV Review: The Definitive Guide with everything you need to know

LAST UPDATED FEBRUARY 9, 2018 AT 8:28 P.M.

What is fuboTV?

FuboTV has pulled together 75+ national and regional live sports channels alongside entertainment networks like A&E, History and HGTV.  

For a while now, when people wanted to watch live soccer games online, they would turn to fuboTV for beIN Sports. But now the live TV streaming platform is vying to be much more. 

By adding regional sports channels like NESN and MSG Networks, fuboTV is poised to compete with Sling TV, PlayStation Vue and DirecTV Now. 

fuboTV’s entry-level channel bundle includes 30 hours of Cloud DVR, and access to 39 TV Everywhere apps.  A “Lookback” feature is an on-demand platform that shows soccer matches and other sporting events that aired in the last 72 hours. And there’s the more traditional on-demand menu for movies and shows. 

Like other live streaming services there’s no annual contract. fuboTV does offer an annual plan that’s a one-time payment at a discounted price, or a monthly payment option. Subscribers can easily cancel anytime online without any penalty or fees.

If you’ve never tried out fuboTV before, you can check out a free 7-day trial and pay $19.99 for the first month. The regular price of $44.99 per month will kick in after that. 

If your TV watching primarily consists of a wide variety of sports like FS1, FS2, NBCSN, PAC-12 Networks, fuboTV is the best streaming service around.

You can officially kick cable TV to the curb. fuboTV also just rolled out a completely redesigned app for Roku and Apple TV. The only thing I don’t like about it is that the menu doesn’t remember the last channel you were on after you exit the app.

Here’s a quick video to give you an an idea of how the Roku app looks.

What channels does fuboTV have?

fuboTV offers 75+ channels total in the entry-level Premier bundleSimilar to Sling TV, fuboTV also has add-on channel packages like Sports Plus. Showtime will also soon be offered as an add-on channel for Premier subscribers. 

Before delving into the seven add-on subscriptions offered to U.S. customers, here’s a list of what’s included in the channel lineup.

CBS

CBSN

CBS Sports Network

Comcast SportsNet

HGTV

Travel Channel 

Food Network

Telemundo

NBCSN

FS1, FS2

NBA TV

beIN Sports (English & Spanish)

Univision

Fox Deportes

Univision Deportes

NBC Universo

Bravo

FX

National Geographic

The CW

USA

CNBC

Big Ten Network

Fox Soccer Plus

FUSION

FXX

FXM

Viceland

Golf Channel

Fox News

Fox Business

MSNBC

E Channel

The Weather Channel

Syfy

A&E

History Channel

Lifetime

Lifetime Movie Network

Hallmark Channel

Hallmark Movies & Mysteries

Sprout

Nat Geo Wild

Pop

My Network TV

UniMas

El Rey Network

Fuse

Revolt

FYI Network

Oxygen

One World Sports

Football Report TV

fubo TV Network

Can I watch NFL games on fuboTV?

Yes, fuboTV has coverage for most NFL games through local affiliate NBC, CBS and FOX stations. NFL Network is also part of the Premier channel bundle. NFL RedZone is part of fuboTV’s re-launched “Sports Plus” package, available to Premier subscribers for an additional $8.99 per month.

Sports Plus: 15 channels total


GOLTV SPANISH
GOLTV ENGLISH
TyC Sports
Fight Network
FNTSY Sports Network
Pac-12 Arizona
Pac-12 Bay Area
Pac-12 Oregon


Pac-12 Washington
Pac-12 Mountain
Pac-12 Los Angeles
Fox College Sports Atlantic
Fox College Sports Central
Fox College Sports Pacific
NFL RedZone

Does fuboTV have ESPN?

No. It’s one of the few holes in the fuboTV’s channel lineup. But it might not be that way forever. fuboTV is currently in a beta stage of its latest rollout. So it’s possible that you could see ESPN in the future.

Can I watch NBA basketball, NHL hockey on fuboTV?

Yes, dude. Relax. It’s not all about soccer on fuboTV anymore.

In fact, if you go the main page of the fuboTV site and scroll down, you can easily peruse their schedule of games for today and tomorrow.

It includes all NBA games, NHL, NCAA College Basketball, NASCAR, UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League, Premier League, LaLiga, SERIE A, Bundesliga, Ligue 1, Primeira Liga, Liga MX, and Copa Libertadores.

NBA TV, Fox and NBC Regional Sports Networks give you the ability to watch a number of your favorite local teams. This map should give you an idea of what games you can catch. 

If you see a game or two you want to check out, fuboTV offers a 7-day free trial. That should give you plenty of time to decide if the service is a good fit for you. If you keep the service, you still get a two month discount automatically.

Does fuboTV have Showtime?

Yes. You can all 9 live Showtime channels for $10.99 per month. 

Those channels include Showtime East, Showtime West, Showtime 2, Showtime Showcase, Showtime Extreme, Showtime Beyond, Showtime Next, Showtime Women and Showtime Family.

You will be able to tap into thousands of hours of video on demand as part of the add-on, including Showtime’s original hit shows like Billions, Ray Donovan, The Chi and Homeland. Showtime also carries premium sports programming, including Inside the NFL, and Showtime Championship Boxing. fuboTV has been letting people add Showtime to its free 7-day trial since adding it to the platform.

 

 

 How many devices can I simultaneously stream with fuboTV?

A fuboTV account will allow customers to stream from two devices at a time. fuboTV doesn’t discriminate whether you are streaming content at home or elsewhere, but you might not be able to see some local channels when you are away from home. This video was shot when the fuboTV app was in beta. At the moment, you can still find this user interface on Amazon Fire TV. 

Does fuboTV have on-demand content?

Yes, fuboTV offers on-demand content for an assortment of movies and TV shows. If you miss a program or game, you can also use the Lookback feature, which has games that aired in the last 72 hours. So, you can easily play catch up.

What do I need to stream fuboTV?

Roku has the best app for fuboTV at the moment, but just about any streaming device on the market works with fuboTV. 

That includes Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Chromecast, all iOS devices, Android phones and tablets, and PCs and Macs. Based on my product reviews done here at The Cord Cutting Report, here are a few of the best devices for live streaming TV.




 

Can fuboTV authenticate apps?

Yes. FuboTV has added support to more than 39 TV Everywhere apps. So let’s say you wanted to watch A&E from an app because you were away from home, no problem. Just log into the app using your fuboTV credentials.

NBC Sports became the latest TV Everywhere apps added to fuboTV’s roster. You can also log in to your Fox Sports Go app to watch local regional sports networks in your area. Apps that you can authenticate with a fuboTV account include: FOX NOW, FYI, AETV, LIFETIME, HISTORY, USA, SyFy, Bravo, Oxygen, NBC, Universo, Sprout and MSNBC. Check out the link above to get a full list. 

One of the great values of TV Everywhere apps is that you can get lots of on-demand shows, movies and even live channels. 

How much is fuboTV?

For new customers, the entry-level channel lineup costs $19.99 per month for the first two months. To give you a little extra discount, that kicks in after a free 7-day trial. The price then goes up to $44.99 per month.

Similar to Sling TV, fuboTV offers add-on subscriptions priced between $2.99 and $14.99 per month.

The add-ons are not nearly as robust as ones you see on Sling TV. For example, the Entertainment Plus gives you Chiller and Universal HD Channel for $5.99 per month. The News Plus add-on only has CNBC World for $5.99. Not exactly a great bargain there. Hopefully, those add-ons will grow in value as fuboTV cuts more deals with networks.

fuboTV vs DirecTV Now, Sling TV, PlayStation Vue

One clear advantage Sling TV has over fuboTV is that its baseline package Sling Orange gives you ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPN3 as part of a 30+ channel lineup for $20.

For another $5 per month, Sling TV offers the Sports Extra. That would give you: NFL Red Zone, NBA TV, Pac-12, NHL Network, Golf Channel, beIN Sports, Campus Insiders, Outside TV, Motors TV North Am, and Univision Deportes.

That’s a pretty good deal.

Sling TV also offers soccer fans some options too.

Sling World Sports has 10 channels that will get you live international sports from around the world. Watch La Liga, Ligue 1, Serie A, Bundesliga and English Premier League Soccer on beIN SPORTS, and beIN SPORTS en Espanol. The World Sports add on is $10 per month or $80 per year. Sling TV offers a free 7-day trial.

For more details on these packages, you can check out Sling TV: the definitive guide with everything you need to know.

Sling TV has a Cloud DVR feature, but it costs an extra $5 per month and does not work on all channels.

DirecTV Now is releasing its Cloud DVR in beta to select customers this summer. Its entry level package “Live a Little” gives you ESPN, ESPN2 and Fox Sports 1. Fox Sports 2, Golf Channel, NBA TV are on the two top tier channel lineups. Like fuboTV, DirecTV Now offers a free 7-day trial

fuboTV already has a cloud DVR feature. But picture quality is where fuboTV really outshines competitors.

Anyone who has watched sports over live streaming TV will notice how frame rates become noticeable during the fast-paced action of games like soccer and basketball. fuboTV is running at about 60 frame rates per seconds on Fox channels, the Big Ten Network and NFL Network. 

fuboTV offers some marquee events like the 2018 Winter Olympics. Such events can usually send cord cutters either on the hunt for apps they can authenticate, or local OTA channels.

fuboTV free trial

Check out fuboTV youself with its 7-day free trial if you’re interested. You can even add Showtime to your trial for free. New customers can get their first month for only $19.99 per month. Have you used fuboTV before? Tell your fellow cord cutters about what your experiences with fuboTV in the comments below.



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21 Comments on fuboTV Review: The Definitive Guide with everything you need to know

  1. Had the service all of about 20 minutes, channels cut in and out, app crashed once on the PC that actually had a choppy picture, that was mostly frozen, although decent audio. One of my PCs never got anything – no picture, no sound. Not sure what their issue is but it seems they are running on toy servers, a cheap product. Unwatchable on two different PCs 1 wired 1 WiFi both 100MBITs up and down, both new i7 machines.

  2. Fubo is a joke. I am on the 2nd day of ‘free trial’ period and am locked out of account because of login failures that are on their end. The email they say they’ve sent to unlock never arrived. No answer on phone. No reply on email. ROKU app is unusable. Soccer fans should STEER CLEAR of this service. At least Comcast answers the phone.

  3. Sadly, the service just doesn’t work and there is not any way to get a problem solved. I love the concept of a sports-centric live streaming service but it does no good if you’re not getting the channels that you’re paying for.

    Other than cheesy emails promising everything and delivering nothing, I have been ignored on three separate requests to escalate this matter and get a solution.

    I don’t know enough about this company to be certain, but they appear to be one of those little Fly by Night companies being run out of somebody’s apartment.

    I have made numerous attempts to reach someone via phone with no success, and their reply to email requests are merely canned blank promises.

    Please don’t waste your hard earned money like I did!

  4. After reading the comments here I was doubtful but gave it a shot anyway. I’m glad I did – fubo actually works amazingly well for me. I’ve yet to have a single signal issue and the picture quality is noticeable superior to what I was getting with Sling.

    The regional coverage is also a major plus. The issue with the other providers is their weak sports coverage. The fact that fubo focuses on sports makes all the difference for me, since that’s all I care about.

    • I have the same problem. They will not respond to any of my support request to refund. I tried canceling before they charged me but was getting an error message then was able to cancel after they charged me.

  5. Great for World football fans. But paying $50 (without promotion price) without ESPN is not a good deal. THIS SERVICE IS DEFINITELY NOT FO BIG GAMES LIKE EL CLASSICO. server are slow and frequently reloading. I watch last classico streaming online form other website while I paid $35(promo price).

  6. I had it for about 2 months. Constantly freezing or stopping to buffer. You’d get about half way through a dvr episode and it would just perma freeze and you’d have to start it from the very beginning with no rewind capability… worse when I reached out to their customer support after trying across 3 different devices they kept telling me to clear my cache and closing my tickets. Not a good service.

  7. I pretty much have to question a lot of these services. Most of the cable tv services have near zero of the kind of slow opening, buffering, stuttering etc. The prices are more but you may not have to be adding on an expensive net with more data to get your media. I am just not really seeing it. The prices are too high, lack of channels, sometimes no networks and once again no a la carte at all and we are still getting gouged. Just like I thought the delay getting any of these has just been delayed by the providers finding a way to still make billions, while adding to the ISP’s profits.

  8. Sling is faster and has better interface and the way you can surf and change the channels.
    Fubotv is not friendly. You have to leave the channel and spend too much time scrolling up and down to find what you need in Amazon fire TV. In the Windows Fubo is more friendly to use.
    Also, is not true that Fubo streams at 1080p. Except few channels, the rest is 720 and the stream is not as smooth as Sling.

  9. Fubo sucks, almost no channels, half of which are mystery sports stations with almost nothing, literally, on them. Watched a 2nd week preseason game on a Saturday night, couldn’t be too many viewers clogging the bandwidth, yet after the 20th download hang, half of those important, non repeated plays, I gave up. Too pour salt on the injury, they refuse to honor their 7-day free trial cancel at no cost policy!

  10. I am enjoying my Fubo free trial. No isdues…superior to Sling..eadier to find sports programming desired and free dvr.I also get ALL the chenneks I want including FOX news. And so far no every 10 min. Buffering like on sling. Seriously check your connections…our ROKU works fine…a happy streamer

  11. Love the idea of Fubo, but as of lately, i haven’t been able to speak to a live representative or manager about billing and or technical help! They’re quick to take your money, but when an issue arises they’re not there, nor respond to emails! Contact numbers disconnect you without speaking with anyone! So frustrating! Like dealing with cable, but at least cable answers calls!

  12. I gave it a 2 month trial to see if I would use it after being with Directv for 15 years. I was paying $35/month and I could not justify the value. Yes, it has some soccer that I watched, but the other channels were not enough to justify the price.

  13. I honestly haven’t had too many issues with Fubotv. I use the app through my AppleTV and it works great! There are a few buffer issues here and there but I like that I’m only paying $35 for channels vs. over $100 for DirecTV. This is exactly what I needed, for sports, in order to cut the cord. Thank you!

  14. Their biggest failure was the WCQ for USMNT, but other than that, it’s been pretty fantastic. The lookback feature of matches or shows you missed is amazing. You don’t have to DVR a game, you can simply go back to it in the schedule and press play. I’m really surprised how well they’ve improved over the years. I didn’t know that they would have all these options, but overall much better than Playstation Vue’s streaming service (and interface). Happy customer for a couple years running now.

  15. The channels themselves are a great deal at $39.95, IMHO. Cut cable and am saving almost $90/mo. What I loathe is the interface. Cannot search anything. If you want to find a show (The Big Bang Theory, for example), you have to go to Entertainment > Series > Series on Demand > T (for “The”) and then scroll through all the “T” listings. Even doing a screen search of “Big Bang” only shows you that it exists but doesn’t scroll you to it.

    And the process I’ve just described is only doable through my PC. On the Roku where I watch it, I would have to scroll through the entire listing of shows starting at “A.” Don’t even have the miserable “choose a letter” option.

  16. Fubo TV is a disaster!!!!

    I’ve had Fubo TV app on my Roku for about a year. There is not a SINGLE time where I’ve tried to watch a game that does not cut off completely and/or looks like its at SUPER LOW QUALITY.

    They are basically stealing your money away. The only reason why i’ve had it for so long its because I could not afford to have cable tv. But id rather save my money than watch crappy streamings. Every time I play a game i can watch about 25% of it because its quality is a disaster or it simply does not load up. beware, they will take your money and not provide a clear signal. UNACCEPTABLE!

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